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North Norfolk celebrates winning the most Blue Flag beach awards in East of England

PUBLISHED: 16:01 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 21 May 2018

Representatives from accross the country that have achieved the blue flag status for 2018, on the beach at Cromer. Picture: Ian Burt

Representatives from accross the country that have achieved the blue flag status for 2018, on the beach at Cromer. Picture: Ian Burt

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North Norfolk is once again celebrating a stellar year after it retained all of its prestigious Blue Flag beach awards, making it to most successful in the East of England.

Members of the North Norfolk District Council with their blue flag on the beach at Cromer. Picture: Ian BurtMembers of the North Norfolk District Council with their blue flag on the beach at Cromer. Picture: Ian Burt

In 2017, North Norfolk District Council had its most successful set of Blue Flag results when the district secured six flags – at East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham.

This year, the beaches have all retained their titles, meaning that the district have the most blue flag beaches in the East of England.

Councillor John Lee, leader of North Norfolk District Council and the Conservative Group, said: “We are really proud to have retained our six blue flags in North Norfolk. It’s recognition of all the hard work put in by various agencies and voluntary groups.”

The awards recognise the top tier of English beaches and are given out only to those sites that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety.

The awards ceremony was held at Cromer Pier on May 17, attended by winning authorities as well as organisations including Anglian Water, the RNLI Lifeguards, the Environment Agency, the Marine Conservation Society, as well as parish councils from the Blue Flag towns and villages in North Norfolk.

Mr Lee added: “Furthermore we are delighted we’ve been chosen to host this national event and welcome our fellow coastal authorities to the beautiful North Norfolk coast.”

Councillor Sarah Butikofer, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at North Norfolk District Council, said: “I’m delighted my own ward, The Runtons, has again been awarded two Blue Flags. Well done to all involved in North Norfolk and beyond.”

Councillor Nick Coppack, leader of the Independent Group at North Norfolk District Council, said: “Congratulations again to North Norfolk’s stunning beaches for retaining their place in these prestigious national awards. I’m also so pleased that the awards will be held at Cromer Pier, an iconic British seaside landmark.”

Wells-next-the-Sea also won Seaside Award status, bringing even more good news to the north Norfolk district.

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